SMU Opens Up Lead In Day Two of WAC Swimming & Diving Championships
SAN ANTONIO – Hawai‘i won three of the five events in day two of the 2005 Western Athletic Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, but SMU’s depth enabled the Mustangs to open up a big lead in the team standings.
The night began with SMU placing six swimmers in the top final of the 500-yard freestyle. Freshman Anja Carman won the event for the Mustangs with a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 4:41.50. SMU’s Flavia Rigamonti also automatically qualified with a 4:42.29. Teammate Celina Lemmen completed the sweep of the medals with a time of 4:47.36.
In the 400 individual medley, Hawai‘i’s Nicole Mackey swam an automatic time of 1:58.90 while her teammate Yan Chen took second (2:01.87). Rainbow Wahine Dena Quick won the 50 free as the top three swimmers hit automatic qualifying marks. Quick’s time of 22.58 took first. Hawai‘i’s Melanie Schlanger was second (22.70) and SMU’s Laura Pomeroy took third (22.73).
SMU won the final event of the day swimming a 1:31.18 in the 200 freestyle relay. The team consisted of Pomeroy, Leane Darling, Roxane Akradi and Lemmen.
After two days of competition, SMU is leading with 332 points while Hawai‘i is second with 256. Nevada is third with 169 points followed by Rice with 149, Northern Arizona 142, San Jose State 89 and San Diego 88. Northern Arizona and San Diego are competing in their first WAC championship as affiliate members.
Action continues Friday at Palo Alto College Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas with the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 3-meter diving and 400 medley relay. Prelims begin at 11:00 a.m. and the finals start at 6:30 p.m.